Md. bill would bar reading text messages while driving
A bill that would prohibit drivers from reading text messages is advancing through the Maryland legislature.
The legislation, approved Thursday by a 135 to 2 vote in the House of Delegates, expands a law which bars drivers from writing and sending text messages while their vehicle is in motion or stopped in a traffic lane. The bill was sent to the state Senate.
Sending and receiving text messages is prohibited for drivers in the District and 20 other states, including Virginia. Enforcement of the bans, which have been championed by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, has been challenging because violators are hard to spot, and because they can contend they were dialing a cellphone call rather than texting.
— Ashley Halsey III
Washington Post Editors
March 11, 2010; 4:06 PM ET
Categories: Maryland , Personal Safety , Traffic Accidents
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